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Publication Date
03 October 2013
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Waiting for the Magic

The Photography of Oscar Marzaroli
by Oscar Marzaroli - Find out more about the author

‘As we have come to expect from Birlinn, the book is beautifully produced and designed . . . And if you’re listening, Santa, Waiting For The Magic will almost certainly be a more lasting gift than Jamie’s or Yotam’s or Hugh’s latest cook-tome’ – Aberdeen Voice

With essays by Anne Marzaroli, Jim Grassie, Robert Crawford and Peter Ross.

This book celebrates Marzaroli’s extraordinary talent with a number of specially-commissioned essays and a selection of previously unpublished photographs, as well as many of the iconic, much loved work for which he is renowned. The first section, 'Europe: A Man with a Vision' (Anne Marzaroli), highlights Oscar’s journey into photography at the age of eighteen and features figure and landscape shots from Scotland and beyond, as well as photographs of family and friends. 'Waiting for the Magic' is a piece by the late James Grassie, who worked with Marzaroli on many of his documentary films. Photographs include land and seascapes, and images which explore the human response to the natural environment. 'Glasgow: A Dear Green Place' (Robert Crawford, St Andrews University) contains some of Marzaroli’s most familiar Glasgow shots, as well as many images never before published. All are of extraordinary historical and social importance as they depict the city during a profound process of change. The last section is 'Marzaroli’s People' (Peter Ross, Scotland on Sunday). Marzaroli’s portraits always had a purpose and a point; his empathy is apparent as is his lack of intrusion and respect for people in their unique landscape, whether it be urban or country.

Oscar Marzaroli was born in Castiglione Vera, Italy, in 1933 and came to Scotland with his family at the age of two. He studied at Glasgow School of Art for a short time and was subsequently a photo journalist in Stockholm and London before returning to Glasgow in 1959. Although best known for his acclaimed and evocative photographs of Glasgow in the 1960s, he was also a film cameraman, and directed over 70 films for Ogam Films, a company he co-founded in 1967. He died in 1988.